If you’re looking into a martial art to take up – whether you’re looking to develop a routine, some discipline, or a form of exercise – Jiu Jitsu should be on your list of considerations. Jiu Jitsu is a defensive system that uses an attacker’s momentum against them, and is traditionally based. It’s perfect for beginners and veterans alike, with something to teach everyone.
It’s not overly dangerous, either. The floor in your classroom is covered with Jiu Jitsu mats to help lessen the impact against the floor when you get to throws and other high-impact moves, and you’re always being supervised.
Who can do Jiu Jitsu?
Anybody. You don’t have to be strong, fit, or big – the point of Jiu Jitsu is to use the least amount of effort to turn your opponent’s attacking momentum against them, and as you work, you’ll get better. You’ll get stronger. You’ll become more fit! You’ll be taught everything that you need to know to improve as you go along. The point of starting in any martial art is that you aren’t amazing when you get there, but you progress and become effective as you go. Jiu Jitsu is good for anyone.
Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu different from jujutsu? How?
Yes, it is. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed based upon jujutsu in 1925. Helio Gracie, son of Gastao Gracie, a friend of Japanese jujutsu champion Esai Maeda, adjusted jujutsu techniques to suit his smaller frame and created Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is a self-defense technique for smaller folk that teaches them how to defend against a larger opponent.
Is Jiu Jitsu practiced competitively?
Yes, it is. There’s Sport Jiu Jitsu, where the point is to win by submission or by gaining points over your opponent, and then there’s Self Defense Jiu Jitsu, which is mainly about protecting yourself. Royce Gracie, part of the BJJ family, used Jiu Jitsu techniques to finish fights in the early days of UFC. As more and more people saw how he was finishing his fights, those people started to see the benefits of Jiu Jitsu in on the competitive Jiu Jitsu mats.
Why should someone practice Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu Jitsu is fun. It’s friendly to people of all ages, anyone can do it, and it’s a great way to develop mind-body awareness that you might not have picked up elsewhere. There’s a slight competitive bit to it, even on the practice mat, that provides that little bit extra that some folks need – and like all sports, you get out of it what you put into it. For somebody that’s in need of an activity to get them moving, Jiu Jitsu does just that. It’s an intense workout without being too much– you’re going to use muscles that you’ve never used before. You’re going to have to get out of your comfort zone.
That’s something that more people need to do. Walking isn’t enough, DDR isn’t enough, and you can’t spend all of your time studying and getting swallowed up by your coursework – Jiu Jitsu will make you a stronger, better, healthier person.You’ll learn to gently put bullies on their backs, too, when you need to. That’s always good to know